260 To Horace Mann [1742
a married letter from both Prince and Princess8: but sure nothing ever equalled the setting out of it! She says, ' The generosity of your friendship for me, Sir, leaves me nothing to desire of all that is precious in England, China, and the Indies!' Do you know, after such a testimony under the hand of a princess, that I am determined, after the laudable example of the house of Medici, to take the title of Horace the Magnificent! I am only afraid it should be a dangerous example for my posterity, who may ruin themselves in emulating the magnificence of their ancestor. It happens comically, for t'other day, in removing from Downing Street, Sir Kobert found an old account-book of his father9, wherein he set down all his expenses. In three months and ten days that he was in London one winter as member of Parliament, he spent—what do you think?—sixty-four pounds seven shillings and fivepence! There are many articles for Nottingham ale, eighteen-pences for dinners, five shillings to Bob (now Earl of Orford), and one memorandum of six shillings given in exchange to Mr. Wilkins for his wig—and yet this old man, my grandfather, had two thousand pounds a year, Norfolk sterling! He little thought that what maintained him for a whole session would scarce serve one of his younger grandsons to buy japan and fans for princesses at Florence !
Lord Orford has been at Court again to-day: Lord Carteret came up to thank him for his coachman ; the Duke of Newcastle standing by. My father said, 'My Lord, whenever the Duke is near overturning you, you have nothing to do but to send to me, and I will save you.' The Duke said to Lord Carteret, 'Do you know, my Lord, that the venison you eat that day came out of New Park?' Lord Orford laughed, and said, 'Soh, you see I am made to kill the
8 Prince and Princess Craon. Wai- 9 Eobert Walpole (d. 1700), M.P. pole. for Castle Eising, 1689-1700.